In an effort to make my grading more efficient and to provide appropriate instructions and feedback for my students, I created several “tiny grade sheets” for writing assignments.
Originally, I printed these out on colored paper, cut them, and stapled a slip to each assignment when it was turned in.
Over the past few months I decided it made more sense to paste the tiny grade sheet right into the assignment.
The benefits are obvious:
1) Saves paper
2) Reminds students what they need to include in the assignment
3) Saves time
4) Provides a permanent record they can clip in the binder (no lost quarter-slips of paper)
I have created one Google Doc with three of my most commonly used grade sheets: Tiny Check Sheets for RACE and Paragraphs
- The single RACE response
- The double RACE response (or what I have labeled as RAC²E Response)
- The 5-7 Sentence Paragraph
As I create an assignment, I just go to the Google Doc and copy and paste the grade sheet into the text of the assignment.
This works for hard copies that I pass out in class, but it also works with Google Classroom when I post a template for students to work with.
Note: This does require me to print out the submitted assignments. However, we are doing more and more of our writing on Google Classroom these days, so it’s worth it. (If you don’t know the trick to printing an entire class’s work with the click of one button, go look up pdf.mergy)
I know there are rubric add-ons, applications, and extensions you can put into Google Docs, but sometimes I get so tired of looking at the computer screen, I just find this a better option for me. Plus, who doesn’t love to grade with their Paper-Mate Flair pens?
How do you speed up grading?
How do you provide feedback?
What other grade sheets, check sheets, or rubrics would be useful in your classroom?
Leave a comment and share your thoughts, ideas, or questions!